NEWPORT BEACH – Some folks may think of the good old days as safer, but crime rates are at the lowest point here in more than four decades, data released Friday show.
Newport Beach police released statistics analyzing crimes committed per thousand residents of Newport Beach dating to 1969.
"If you were to ask people if they felt safer today or 30 or 40 years ago, most would say they felt safer back then," said Police Chief Jay Johnson. "However, the statistical facts show that our community is safer now than most people under 50 years old have ever experienced."
In 2010, the rate of total Part One crimes, those accounting for violent and property crimes per 1,000 residents was 26.65, with the population at 86,738. The second-lowest year was 2009, followed by 2008, showing a steady decrease in criminal activity.